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Fri Mar 22, 2013, 01:23 PM

George RR Martin uses Wordstar 4.0 on a MS-DOS computer to write his epic novels

In the acknowledgements for one of his books, he thanked someone for rescuing his work after his computer crashed.


During a Q&A session after the screening, he told interviewers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg of AllthingsD that to this day, he writes on a Microsoft DOS computer using WordStar 4.0.


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Reply George RR Martin uses Wordstar 4.0 on a MS-DOS computer to write his epic novels (Original post)
Yavin4 Mar 2013 OP
d_r Mar 2013 #1
Yavin4 Mar 2013 #2
d_r Mar 2013 #3
Ron Obvious Mar 2013 #4
WilliamPitt Mar 2013 #5
talkingmime Mar 2013 #6
Xithras Mar 2013 #7
Scuba Mar 2013 #8
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MrScorpio Mar 2013 #10

Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 01:24 PM

1. I'm going to say I remember word star

and I remember getting people to stop using it was like pulling teeth. Guess he never gave it up.

I can't imagine writing novels that complex on word star.

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Response to d_r (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 01:27 PM

2. I remember DOS, but not Word Star

Maybe that's why it takes him so damn long to complete a book?

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 01:33 PM

3. probably so

When I was in graduate school all the older professors still used it. It booted off a 5.25 floppy disc. We younger more cutting edge folks moved on to word perfect 4.0 and then the game changing 5.1, but some of those old timers clung to word star for dear life.

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Response to d_r (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 01:35 PM

4. Wordstar

I used Word Star as well (on CP/M), and several of its editing commands have survived to the present day in many source code editors.

I still use Ctrl-Y to delete a line to this day.

But no, I would never use it to write a novel.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 01:41 PM

5. I'll bet it's got one of those old keyboards with the very loud, springy keys.

Sounds like a team of horses crossing a bridge.

LOVE.

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Fri Mar 22, 2013, 01:45 PM

6. I LOVE WordStar!!! CTRL-P P means print. CTRL-K brings up the format menu.

 

I still have it on my Apple II (Z-80 card). It was so fast to use with just a keyboard and when you type 80 wpm a mouse is a slow-down.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 01:49 PM

7. Wordstar is still used my a number of authors and has many fans.

Many still consider it the best "writing program" ever made.

I still have an old dusty Brother word processor out in the garage with Wordstar loaded on it. It's beauty is in its speed and simplicity. Even today, if I were writing thousands of pages, I'd rather do it with Wordstar than Word or Libre Writer. I actually did some preliminary work toward creating a Wordstar workalike fork of KOffice a number of years ago, but it died when I couldn't find anyone else willing to work on it with me. It turns out that most open source programmers are too young to even remember what Wordstar was

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 02:20 PM

8. I still use edlin. It's very efficient.

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Fri Mar 22, 2013, 02:27 PM

9. I could still be using Vi...

Vi

Now I use gedit for everything.

If I must use a word processor it gets in the way of my writing.

WYSIWYG word processors are a damned distraction and documents saved in complex proprietary WYSIWYG formats can bite your ass years later if you revisit them.

Keep it simple stupid is a good rule for me anyways, 'cause sometime I'm stupid.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2013, 05:28 PM

10. I used to use that for work…

Twenty-Five Yeas AGO!

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